None! I was a good girl this month 🙂
The Lake House by Kate Morton (Simon & Schuster Canada)
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Avelynn by Marissa Campbell (Raincoast Books)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Ghostly Ed. by Audrey Niffenegger
Chasing River by K.A. Tucker
Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
October is hands down my favourite month! The leaves start changing, the air gets crisper, and the warm cozy sweaters finally come out. As L.M. Montgomery said, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!” October is also one of my favourite months for reading. I love getting out of my comfort zone, and reading something creepy for once to help me get into the Halloween spirit!
This year for my “spooky” reads I decided to pick up Bird Box by Josh Malerman and Ghostly, a selection of short stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger. Bird Box was incredibly creepy, and Malerman really did a good job of playing with the reader’s fear of what we cannot see. There were a couple of scenes I read right before bed that gave me goosebumps and made it hard to turn off the light and go to sleep!
Ghostly, on the other hand, was more of a lighter read. There were a few spooky stories, like “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” by Neil Gaiman and “The Mezzotint” by M.R. James, but for the most part the stories were quaint rather than scary. The first story, called “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe, was about a black cat being abused and murdered, which, as a black cat owner was more disturbing and upsetting than scary. Overall though, it was an okay read! Like most short story collections there were stories I liked and others that weren’t so enjoyable.
My audiobook choice this month also went well with my “spooky” Halloween theme! After having The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman on my TBR list for years now, and constantly hearing it’s praises from other readers, I finally decided to check it out for myself. The story was as awesome as I expected it to be, but it was made even more amazing by Neil Gaiman’s absolutely incredible narration! It was SPECTACULAR! As good, if not better then many of the professional audiobook narrators I’ve heard! I can’t wait to see if he has personally narrated any of his other books!
I was also really excited this month to see the announcement for the 2016 Forest of Reading list! I grew up participating in Silver Birch and Red Maple, and my amazing school librarian is one of the biggest reasons why I eventually chose the profession for myself. I was lucky enough to be on the Silver Birch Fiction selection committee this year, so it was incredible to see the Forest of Reading process up close and personal! It was ALOT of reading though. I had to read about 90+ juvenile novels which was the real reason why I fell behind in blogging this year (on top of the wedding, new job, and move). It was a great experience though, and I definitely want to do it again (after a short break).
All in all it was a pretty good month! I just wish that October could last longer!